Contracts are an oft-debated topic in sports, and finding great values while avoiding bad contracts is especially important in the NFL due to the salary cap. These players have the "honor" of being the most under- and overpaid players at their respective positions in the league. Salaries are based on cap hits from Spotrac.com.
Jackson won the 2019 NFL MVP, but entering his third season the former first-round pick is a cap hit of just under $2.6 million for the Ravens. That's quite a bargain that has also allowed Baltimore to add key pieces in free agency.
Brissett signed a two-year, $30 million contract just after Andrew Luck retired last year, and he's set to be the 13th-highest-paid quarterback this year at over $21 million while Philip Rivers takes over the starting job. It seems unlikely that Brissett will get a comparable contract when he enters free agency next offseason.
Still working on his rookie contract in his fourth NFL season, Mixon is set to make just over $1.7 million in 2020. He's emerged as one of the most dynamic running backs in the game over the last two years, with consecutive 1,100 yard rushing seasons.
Bell finally got paid in free agency after holding out for all of 2018 in Pittsburgh and has the biggest cap hit at running back this year at nearly $15.5 million. That puts him over $4 million higher than the next closest back, and yet Bell had only 789 yards rushing and 3.2 yards per carry last season.
McLaurin showed himself to be a budding star in his rookie season, with 919 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 14 games for Washington. A former third-round pick, McLaurin's cap hit is still less than $1 million this year.
Green signed the franchise tag this year, making him the third-highest-paid wide receiver in the league with a cap hit of nearly $17.9 million. His past performance has earned that lofty salary, but Green has been unable to stay on the field recently, playing only nine games in 2018 and missing all of 2019.
It's only a matter of time before Kittle becomes one of the top-paid tight ends in the NFL, but for now he remains grossly underpaid. Entering his fourth season, Kittle has a cap hit of just over $2.2 million despite consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
Finding consistent snaps has been a problem for Brate over the last two seasons with O.J. Howard in town, and now he will also have to compete with Rob Gronkowski in 2020. However, Brate still has the 18th-highest cap hit at tight end at $4.25 million.
Through three NFL seasons, Dawkins has become one of the game's top left tackles. That's a status that should make him very rich soon, but still on his rookie contract his cap hit is only about $1.3 million this year.
Solder has struggled since becoming one of the highest-paid offensive linemen in the league when he signed with the Giants in 2018. Heading into his age-32 season, his cap hit remains the second-highest among all offensive linemen at $19.5 million.
Daniels has been an outstanding performer along the Bears offensive line in his first two NFL seasons. The former second-round pick will have a cap hit of just under $1.9 million this year.
"The Doctor" has mostly been a solid performer during his NFL career, though he's played more than 14 games just once since he was drafted in 2014. His performance at right guard last season was somewhat inconsistent for the Super Bowl champs, yet he has the 14th-highest cap hit among all NFL guards this year at just less than $9 million.
McCoy was a plug-and-play center for the Saints last year, immediately establishing himself as one of the best players in the NFL at the position. There's still plenty of time to go on his rookie contract, and the second-year player will make less than $1.4 million this year.
Hopkins' play has been inconsistent with the full-time move to center, but he has the 15th-highest cap hit at the position, worth more than $5.5 million. The payday is far from elite, but his struggles last year still weren't worthy of such a high salary.
Bosa was the second pick in the 2019 draft, going onto win Defensive Rookie of the Year and make the Pro Bowl with nine sacks. The 49ers are getting Bosa at a bargain price given the performance, as he's the 28th-highest-paid player at his position with a cap hit of over $7.6 million.
Williams was franchised by the Giants and is set to make north of $16 million. He filed a grievance to be considered a defensive end, which would add $1.7 million more to his salary. Either way, it's a huge salary for a player who had just a half-sack in 15 games last season.
Vea has been an elite early-down run-stuffer in two season since he was selected 12th overall in 2018. While he's not much of a pass rushing threat, the Bucs are still getting a bargain for the $4 million cap hit.
Thomas was the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, but he lost playing time last year and had his fifth-year option declined by the 49ers. Through three seasons, Thomas has only six sacks but is still set to make more than $9 million this year.
Watt has become one of the premier pass rushers in the league three seasons into his career, with consecutive Pro Bowl seasons and an All-Pro designation last year after recording 14.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles. Still on his rookie deal, Watt's cap hit is nearly $2.95 million in 2020.
Beasley's career has been inconsistent in Atlanta, but the Titans apparently feel he's a fit for their defense, signing him to a one-year, $9.5 million contract this offseason. While Beasley led the league in sacks back in 2016, he's averaged only six per year since then.
Leonard has been a tackling machine for the Colts in two seasons, accumulating 284 tackles along with 12 sacks. He was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018 and made his first Pro Bowl last season, yet his cap hit remains just below $2 million for 2020.
Hitchens was a solid performer during the Chiefs Super Bowl season, recording 88 tackles and two sacks in 15 regular-season games. However, that performance wasn't enough to make him worthy as the fourth-highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL in 2020, with a cap hit of nearly $12.7 million.
Griffin has quickly become an elite cornerback, making the Pro Bowl in his third NFL season. The former third-round pick is another example of Seattle's great defensive drafting, and his cap hit is still only about $2.3 million this year.
The Titans paid Butler in 2018 after four seasons in New England, and he has the seventh-highest cap hit of any corner at nearly $13.4 million in 2020. However, he played only nine regular-season games last season and struggled when he was on the field.
Williams has been an elite safety in three NFL seasons in New Orleans. He's set to get paid soon, but for now he will be a cap hit under $2 million in 2020.
Neal became a star early in his career, making the Pro Bowl in his second season in 2017. Since then he's play a total of four games in two years due to injuries. The Falcons hope for better health this year, especially since Neal has the 16th-highest cap hit among safeties at nearly $6.5 million.
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